Martin Luther, Secularism, Ancient Christianity, Kahlil Gibran, Faith Journeys | Spirituality & Religion Reviews

Arjana provides a fascinating guide to a vibrant and dynamic tradition; an excellent entry point into Wright’s books on biblical theology; the power of Coles’s book is his honest battle with faith and identity politics; The Unreformed Martin Luther offers an entertaining read with a serious purpose for those interested in the early Protestant Reformation

LJ Nonfiction | Review Alert, August 2017

A beautiful representation of Dutch painting and Vermeer; top football titles for summer/fall; major poets on the human experience; a Cold War espionage story that seems implausible but is still true; an enchanting book on the Himalayas and Indian culture; a vibrant and dynamic Pilgrimage in Islam; Oudolf’s aesthetics and mastery of plants will inspire a new regard for the regeneration of abandoned species

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: July 2017

Employing humor, affection, and the careful eye of a trained art historian, Gopnik offers an enjoyable and engaging story of New York City; Banks’s comprehensive Girls Auto Clinic Glove Box Guide is indispensable; Lythcott-Haims faces difficult truths head-on in her memoir, an important addition to any collection; Twitty’s lip-smacking period recipes are valuable contributions to Old South historiography

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: June 1, 2017

With thoroughly documented and imaginative chapters, American Watercolor will have wide appeal; a well-turned-out roundup of 16 new fashion and art titles; Danticat’s brave work interrogates The Art of Death with insight and warmth; satisfying recipes for upscale as well as down-home entertaining

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: May 15, 2017

Sargent’s Women will be a lasting addition to arts collections; excellent new work from important poet Akbar; a breezy social history for readers interested in tales of a bygone era; those seeking pleasure reading will enjoy this caper through the cosmos

Secular Buddhism, the Christian Right, Prison Ministries, Faith Memoirs | Spirituality & Religion Reviews

A challenging and conversant exploration of Buddhism; an illuminating and erudite history of the cross over time; Stellman’s honest account will find resonance among fans of popular faith narratives; while it cannot stand on its own, this work can serve as a pocket companion to Day or a source of quiet meditation

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: April 1, 2017

For art lovers, Treasures of Asian Art is a worthwhile investment; Blumenthal delivers life-and-times political history at its best; Moss’s website translates well as an excellent training guide for any level of outdoor fun; this honest account will find resonance among consumers of popular faith narratives

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: February 1, 2017

Zornberg’s Moses is not for the faint of heart; Horta’s scholarly, albeit witty and entertaining analysis and style will have wide appeal; Hatch’s memoir will move readers who are interested in global health, medical education, and biographies in general

The Shi’a-Sunni Divide, Moses, My Utmost, Thich Nhat Hahn | Spirituality & Religion Reviews, February 1, 2017

A careful analysis of the current state of the Arab world; an intriguing story filled with tragic “if-only’s” and powerful examples of courage; a thoughtful work that is worth the effort for spiritually erudite and patient readers

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: November 15, 2016

The eminently accessible Comfort & Glory will make a wonderful addition to public libraries of all sizes; a worthy memorial to novelist Conroy; in-depth, empowering memoirs from Bosworth, Viloria; authentic, accessible, and inspiring, Olympian Vonn’s Strong Is the New Beautiful